Mortimer Elwyn Cooley

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Mortimer Elwyn Cooley

Mortimer Elwyn Cooley (March 28, 1855–1944) was an American mechanical and consulting engineer, US Naval officer, politician, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, who served as president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1919–1920.


Youth, education and early navy career[edit]

Cooley was born in Canandaigua, New York as the son of Albert Blake Colle and Achsah (Griswold) Coole. After the local district schools and the Canandaigua Academy he attended the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, now the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated in 1878. At the academy Hollis served on two practical cruises aboard USS Alert and USS Mayflower.[1]

After his graduation in 1878 he first served on USS Quinnebaug, cruising the North and Mediterranean seas, together with Ira Nelson Hollis. In the year 1879–1880 he cruised the North Atlantic on the screw gunboat USS Alliance. In 1880–1881 he was assistant at the Bureau of Steam Engineering in the Navy Department, and in 1881 was appointed Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, lecturing Steam Engineering and Iron Shipbuilding.[1]

Later career[edit]

After his resignation from the Navy in 1885, he continued working as Professor of at the University of Michigan. Since 1904 he was also Dean of its College of Engineering and Architecture, until his retirement in 1928.[2] Beside his academic career he also continued to work as mechanical and consulting engineer for various military and civil offices.[1]

Cooley was elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,. He served as president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1919–1920, and also as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Federated American Engineering Societies, later the American Engineering Council.[3] in 1930 he was awarded the Washington Award.

In 1924, Cooley ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the United States Senate as a Democrat, but lost to incumbent James Couzens.

He was married to Carolyn Elizabeth Moseley.[4]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Burke A. Hinsdale and Isaac Newton Demmon, "Mortimer Elwyn Cooley," in: History of the University of Michigan. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1906, pp., 263-264.
  2. ^ "MORTIMER E. COOLEY; 1855-1944," The Michigan Technic, October 1944, p. 16.
  3. ^ Hillard A. Sutin, "A Tribute to MORTIMER E. COOLEY." The Michigan Technic, March 1935, p. 103-105
  4. ^,_Mortimer_Elwyn.html

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